IES: Russia



GEORGIANS (Georgia; Russia)



Among the Abkhasians (Abkhazia which is between the Caucasus Mountains of Soviet Georgia and the Black Sea of the USSR) the general opinion is that regular sexual relations should start late in life because abstinence will “prolong sexual potency and promote well-being” (Benet, 1974:p86)[1]. Extreme modesty is expected and very young children are bathed separately. However, “[t]here are no separate “facts of life” for children and adults (p71). Courtship seems to start at puberty (p72).






Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. Volume I. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Dec 2004




[1] Benet, S. (1974) Abkhasians. New York [etc.]: Holt, Rinehart & Winston